Keen disappointment at the social disabilities of the Jews in the United States is strikingly expressed by an unanimous writer in the October issue of the Atlantic Monthly.
The writer says: “We are in no sense foreigners; my wife and I are both descended from generations of cultured people; I was educated at what is generally regarded as one of the most famous American universities, was a member of its staff for a short time after graduation, and have occupied positions of trust and responsibility. We do not even have very pronounced Jewish features. What makes the situation even more puzzling is that while no Jew is admitted to either the local community club or to the X Country Club, there are a number of members who I am convinced are of Jewish origin but have changed their family name, give lip-service to a Christian church, and are probably more anti-Semitic than those who have no trace of Jewish blood.”
And then concludes: “If I had a son, I have often thought that I should advise him to leave this country and go elsewhere, say to some southern country where, while he might suffer political disability, he would probably not suffer any social disability, and as I have sought to indicate, the latter is really at times more galling than the former.”
DOUBTS SAFETY OF JEWISH COLONIZATION IN RUSSIA
The columnist in the Jewish Morning Journal discusses again the question of Jewish colonization in Soviet Russia.
“Until now, the Jewish officials of the Soviet Government have considered only one question the money question. It appeared to them that were the American Jewish money bags to give the necessary millions of dollars for the project everything would be settled. However, a matter which previously could only be suspected comes now to the surface.
“The main question is not the money question. The peasant population of the surrounding regions oppose Jewish colonization. The Soviet Government may be inclined to believe that it has the power to tame the unfriendly peasants, but the Jews in other countries, do not have confidence in such safety. Over the heads of the Jewish colonists will be the danger of attacks by the peasants and should the Bolsheviks grow weaker or fall altogether, a terrible catastrophe might take place.”
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